I’m a critical thinker. So when something doesn’t feel right, I ask questions and come to my own decisions based on facts.
When it comes to health and diet there is a plethora of information out there. And lots of opposite information. It is very confusing.
I started thinking about the obesity problem that is going on here in the US and in other parts of the world.
Why are so many people fat? Why do we have more type 2 diabetes than ever before?
When I was a kid, my Mom and Dad referred to type 2 diabetes as “sugar diabetes” because it was rare that a child would get it. It was an “older” person disease.
I remember being a young woman in the 1990’s. I learned that fats were bad for you. It seemed during this time that everything became low fat or no fat. I remember eating Snackwells and thinking that I was doing a good thing for my body. I wasn’t.
If you read the label of these Snackwells cookies, you will see that they have no nutritional value. I remember the marketing used to talk about how it didn’t include any fat. Fat makes you fat, eat Snackwells.
If you look back in history since the early 1990’s the obesity rate has gone up dramatically and so has type 2 diabetes.
Guess what!? We had it all wrong.
Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat.
The culprit to obesity is sugar!
Sugar is way more addictive than cocaine. So people keep eating more of it. I was one of them.
I didn’t realize how addicted to sugar I was. I thought I was eating a healthy diet by eating low fat and counting calories. I was doing it all wrong and making myself sicker.
Today, I noticed that same Snackwell’s has new packaging. It still says fat-free. But now on the front of the box it says, “without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil or artificial flavors or preservatives”. So you would think that this would be a healthy snack.
But if you take a close look at the label, there is virtually no nutritional value in the cookies. If you look at the label, it looks like there is 14g of carbs and 9g of sugar. And this is just for 1 cookie.
1985 there was 10% obesity in the United States. Now it is up to 35%! Obesity is very common. And it is getting worse every day.
It makes me really sad every time I see a child who is obese. Or when I hear that someone died from complications of obesity.
But my biggest frustrations come from the fact that many doctors don’t even give their patients the correct information. I’m not sure why. Some say it is because the pharmaceutical companies give them a kick-back. Others say it is because they were taught the wrong information in the first place.
All I know is it is pretty simple. We (folks in the US) started getting fat after we started eating more processed food which was high in sugar.
What do you think is the cause of the obesity problem? Does obesity affect your life? Do you know someone who is obese or has diabetes?